Mini has confirmed that 50 of its limited-edition John Cooper Works World Championship 50 models will be coming to the U.S. late spring/early summer, validating last week's report. The special Minis will carry a price tag of $40,300, including a $700 destination charge.
The JCW World Championship 50 was originally unveiled during the 2009 Mini United Festival in Silverstone, England, and only 250 examples will be built for global consumption. It was specially designed to commemorate Mini’s birth, along with racer-turned Mini tuner John Cooper’s first Formula 1 title in 1959. A little over 50 years later, the Cooper F1 team has resigned to the annals of history, but its mean Minis live on.
Based on a JCW Hardtop, the WC50 model is painted a unique and very British-appropriate Connaught Green color. Other notable bits include aero parts, numbered plates, a Championship Red Lounge leather interior with carbon-fiber accents, and special floormats with red stitching. Power will be sourced from the 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four, which produces 211 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque.
With just one car for each state, the Cooper S JCW WC50 will be the rarest Mini model ever offered in the U.S. There is no word as to which dealers will be taking delivery, but we can expect the biggest Mini-acs to quickly whip out their checkbooks.